Iowa, Minnesota senators request aid for swine producers
Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, both Iowa Republicans, and Sens. Tina Smith and Amy Klobuchar, both Minnesota Democrats, wrote a joint letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Monday, asking the department to ensure swine producers and contract swine growers are eligible for the assistance Congress secured for them.
The senators pointed out that the Biden administration neglected to mention any assistance for swine producers and contract swine growers in a Pandemic Assistance for Producers June announcement or in the latest July announcement on the Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program.
“Our livestock and poultry contract growers have been waiting patiently for USDA to provide financial relief that so many desperately need. We’re concerned that USDA’s announcement on June 15 – that described its intent to finalize this program within 60 days – only focused on poultry growers and made no mention of providing assistance to contract swine growers,” the senators wrote.
“Additionally, many pork producers have been waiting for USDA to roll out the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program swine top-up payments that was announced in January of this year,” the senators continued.
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